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Windle Counters Political Party Misinformation

The Windle Campaign issued a press release after it learned that Republican and Democrat voters were being told they could not vote for an Independent in the primary. This is false. The People’s Choice Initiative of 2004 allows voters, regardless of their political party affiliation, to vote for an Independent. See press release. Press Release – Windle for Congress – Countering Misinformation .

Political Independents on the Rise

The Seattle Times ran an article today citing a poll that more and more Americans identify as political independents rather than with political parties. A poll from earlier this year, cited in Seattle Weekly, confirmed this was the case in the 8th Congressional District with 36.5% identifying as political independent. James Windle will be the only candidate on the ballot for the 8th Congressional District who will have no party preference as an independent. The other contenders align with the Republican and Democratic parties, respectively. See link at: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2018353447_apusindependentvoterspoll.html

Major Milestone for Sammamish Historic Landmark

At 3:00 AM Sunday morning, James and other local residents will gather to witness the move of the historic Reard-Freed House in Sammamish to its new home at the Southeast Eighth St. Park. A sustained political and fundraising effort took place over a decade to rescue the house from demolition. Native to Sammamish, James has witnessed the dramatic growth of the area since his mother and father purchased the home in 1976. James has made periodic contributions to the effort to save, move, and restore the home as a reminder of the Sammamish Plateau’s history.

Volunteered for Beach Clean-up and Improvement in Sammamish

 

A Sammamish native, James volunteered today for the Inglewood Beach Club’s annual beach clean-up and improvement on the shores of Lake Sammamish. He spread new gravel and sand on the beach area with other volunteers and members in preparation for summer. As he is finding throughout the 8th District, politics was on minds of everyone with discussions on the gridlock of the major political parties and questions about James’ experience working in Congress and throughout the federal government.

Presentation at the UW

James spoke with students at the Jackson School of International Studies today. He graduated from the Jackson School in 2000. The title of his presentation was, “How the ‘Other’ Washington Works (and Doesn’t).” He offered his views on the state of the national government, reasons for gridlock, and advice to the students on how to seek careers in public service.

A Story for Memorial Day

A Not-so-Ordinary Officer

By James Windle

The purpose of Memorial Day is to recognize those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country and ideals. It has been a privilege to have worked with so many men and women in uniform during my time in government. When you have worked in Washington, DC, you also are surrounded by symbols erected to honor those who have served. The most dramatic symbol is Arlington National Cemetery.

Arlington Cemetery stands as a constant reminder of the costs of freedom. It is perched on a hillside to the west of the Lincoln Memorial. It is a place of overwhelming history where every visit offers a lesson. A visit to Arlington prompted me to explore the life of one of America’s most famous and unheralded leaders, and taught me how an “ordinary” American soldier could make an extraordinary difference in preserving American freedoms.

Five-star General George Catlett Marshall (1880-1959) is arguably one of the most accomplished men in American history. He is not mentioned with names like Washington and Lincoln, but he should be. Winston Churchill described Marshall as the “organizer of victory” of World War II. In 1944 and 1947 Marshall was Time magazine’s “Man of the Year.” He was President Truman’s special envoy to China after the War. The General became the Secretary of State from 1947-1948 and an architect of the “Marshall Plan” to rebuild war-torn Europe. He was also Secretary of Defense and the President of the American Red Cross. Yet, Marshall’s incredible career was far from inevitable.

While obviously extremely capable, he was an officer with only modest prospects throughout most of career. Only after toiling for many years and after getting passed for promotion many times did Marshall get his opportunity. He assumed the position of U.S. Army Chief of Staff in 1939. Subsequently, he contributed to every major foreign policy decision over the next decade. He is one of my heroes.

On a visit to Arlington Cemetery, I went to pay my respects to the General. This was not as easy a task as I thought. Marshall had requested to then-President Eisenhower, “Bury me simply, like an ordinary officer of the U.S. Army who has served his country honorably. No fuss.” Marshall’s request was granted. Today, despite Marshall’s contribution to American history, his gravesite does not make the “Top 21 Points of Interest” on Arlington Cemetery’s Visitor map.

I looked to the helpful staff at the Visitor’s center for assistance. One of the staff members looked through maps and computer databases before remembering a resource of last resort. She reached underneath the countertop to pull out a small, plastic box, a relic that looked like it was last used in 1970. It contained brown, stained index cards with names ordered alphabetically. She flipped back to the “M” section and pulled out George C. Marshall. We both squinted to read the faded ink, but it was the General: Grave 8198, Section 7.

I arrived at the vicinity of General Marshall’s gravesite and proceeded down a steep grassy hillside. After a few minutes of searching, I arrived at the General’s final resting place. The unworn grass leading to and around his gravesite supported his anonymity. He was buried like an ordinary Army officer.

George Marshall represented the best of America. He expected to disappear from public life to his home in Leesburg, Virginia in his retirement. He had served in both World Wars and dedicated his entire adult life to the United States Army. Still, when the President called him back to public service time and time again, he answered the call. His motive was never his own legend. It was to serve the national and public interest.

There are few indications that Marshall viewed himself as extraordinary. He lived as he is buried at Arlington Cemetery: simply and anonymously. As a result, it may take a visitor a little effort to pay their respects to this great American. It takes no effort to recognize, however, that Marshall represented an ordinary American who made an extraordinary difference.

A version of this piece was published in the online publication “Arlington Unwired” in 2007.

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On Memorial Day it is not necessary to visit Arlington Cemetery to pay our respects to those who have sacrificed. There are a number of local services and events taking place today around the 8th District.  You can also observe the National Moment of Remembrance with your silence at 3:00pm local time.

 

Snow Lake Trailhead and Hike

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. James will be at the Snow Lake Trailhead near Snoqualmie Pass before hiking to the lake with Anh later today. The views are spectacular leading to the vertical top of the hike. Once at the lake, it is difficult to believe Seattle is less than 1 hour drive away. Quick access to the trails and outdoors is a major benefit of living at Snoqualmie Pass.

Easton Memorial Day Parade

James stopped by the Easton Memorial Day Parade on Saturday to enjoy a wonderful annual event.

Issaquah Farmers’ Market and Coffee Shop Campaign Stop

James had a far-reaching discussion with local residents at the Issaquah Farmers’ Market. The issues included the size of the federal government, government worker pay, and Veteran’s Affairs issues.

Windle Campaign in Sammamish Review

The Sammamish Review published an article on the Windle Campaign entitled, “Sammamish Native James Windle Will Challenge Dave Reichert.” It will be in print this week. It highlights Windle’s qualifications and platform to have the difficult discussion on how to get the country on the path toward economic growth. http://sammamishreview.com/2012/05/25/sammamish-native-james-windle-will-challenge-dave-reichert#more-19099